Poetry is Not a Luxury Book Club
A monthly book club, led by Elliott batTzedek, MFA, where we'll use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we'll focus on a different book, along with individual poems from other poets addressing similar issues. We'll be discussing poetry as poets do, listening for sound, playing with language, considering joy and sorrow. No quizzes on "hidden meanings" here - reading poetry should be a journey, not a standardized test! And you can expect visit from some of Philly's best poetic voices.
We meet fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm, with a few date changes around holidays. You can purchase the current book club selection in the store at a 10% discount.
Our 2017-2018 season focuses on Voices of the Silenced/Voices of the Resistance. See our reading list here
Woke & Well-Read is a new book club starting this fall, facilitated by Jamila Latham. The group meets the 3rd Tuesday and Wednesday of each month, from 7 – 8:30 pm, starting September 20th. Both nights are the same discussion - the club meets on two nights to make space for everyone who wants to join in.
Woke & Well-Read will look at life through the eyes of African American authors. We will explore some of the legendary greats as well as contemporary favorites and writers who are up-and-coming. Our space will be open and respectful and also unafraid of the heated passions that arise when confronting issues faced by African American communities. The book club is open to everyone, and rooted in Black culture. We welcome diversity because we know that diverse ideas can birth fresh answers. The group expects that some of the books we read will challenge our understanding of our histories, some will explore popular topics in African American communities, and some will make us laugh heartily.
Facilitator Jamila Latham is a social worker, inspiring writer, and local entrepreneur. She enjoys good conversation and bringing people together, a combination that inspired the Woke & Well-Read Book Club. She says “There is a real need for us to get acquainted with these authors. By doing this we are preserving African American heritage and building generational, ethic, and cultural bridges.”
September 20 - I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin. We’ll watch the documentary and then discuss Baldwin’s life and legacy.
October 18 - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
November 15 - The Radical King by Martin Luther King, Jr, edited with an introduction by Cornel West
December 20- The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
January 17 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
February 21 - Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
March 20& 21 - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
April 17 & 18 - The Wake of the Wind by California J. Cooper
May 15 & 16 - The House That Jack Built by Jamila Latham
June 19 & 20 - Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
July 17 & 18 - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Anyana Mathis
The Body is Not An Apology Book Club
The Body Is Not an Apology Book Club
a shared project of Big Blue Marble Bookstore and Springboard Studio
The Body is Not an Apology Book Club is being organized by Melanie Jones, Fat Activist and Certified Abundant Yoga Instructor, and Elliott batTzedek, poet, activist, and Events Coordinator at Big Blue Marble. Through reading and discussion, we intend to support, educate, and share issues about body acceptance, spiritual growth, and loving ourselves to the fullest. (yes, pun intended)
We’ll be meeting the third Thursday of every month at 8:15 pm at Springboard Studio, 530 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia. The book club will directly follow Melanie’s weekly modified yoga class “You Don’t Have to Teeny to Be a Yogini.” The club is free and open to all – the yoga class, should you want to attend, is $15/session.
Books are available through Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane. Each month’s selection will be 10% off.
We’ll be alternating fiction and nonfiction, and bringing an intentional diversity of voices!
March 15 The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, chapter 1
April 19 The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, Chapter 2
May 17 Dietland by Sarai Walker
June 21 The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor, Chapter 3
July 19 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
August 16 Hunger by Roxane Gay
September 20 The Body is Not an Apology Chapters 4 &5
October 18 Exile and Pride by Eli Clare, part 1
November 15 Exile and Pride by Eli Clare part 2
December - no meeting
The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Club for Boys
New at Big Blue Marble - a monthly book club for boys ages 10 - 12!
Run by parents, The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Club for Boys helps young readers expand their horizons, have fun, and read some AWESOME books.
The November selection is Gordan Korman's "The Hypnotists."
The December selection is "Jinx" by Sage Blackwood, on Friday 12/29 @ 3 pm.
To find out more, email coordinator Erin Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry Aloud & Alive
Poetry Aloud & Alive is the longest-running reading series at Big Blue Marble. Created by The Mad Poets Society, the series is organized by poets Mike Cohen and Dave Worrell. Each month has a featured reader and an open mic.
The series is usually booked each December for the following year. To find out how to read, contact the Mad Poets Society.
Upcoming Featured Poets
August 25: David Kertis
September 22: Hiram Larew
October 27: Nina Schafer
November 17: Rau Greenblatt
December 15: Mike Cohen and Dave Worrell
3rd Fridays with 30 West
Dungeons & Dragons
Philadelphia Indie Publisher Thirty West presents a monthly reading series every 3rd Friday @ Big Blue Marble. Come out to see local and area poets, fiction writers, memoirists and more! Live stream for our social media audiences.
Many months have special guests and topics - see our calendar for more information. ThirtyWest books and our features' publications will be available at the register.
BYOB in a relaxed, summer evening in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia!
Big Blue Marble hosts an ongoing table of players ages 9-13 on Thursdays from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
New players, from novice to pro, are welcome.
Philly Poetic Resistance
Rad Parents' Book Club
Our Rad Parents' Book Club is currently on hiatus.